11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Aspen

— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Carbondale Branch Library (in Carbondale) and Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, cruise along Independence Pass, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Aspen is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17 hours traveling from Sydney to Aspen. In December, Aspen is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 1°C and lows of -14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 25th (Fri), take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, see Off-Road Tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park journey planning site.

You can drive from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in December, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 9°C and lows at -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 26th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then get a taste of the local shopping with Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and finally gain insight at United States Air Force Academy.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs journey planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.